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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:


A man was gathering his sheep into the fold one evening and was about to enclose a tawny wolf inside with the flock. When the dog saw what he was doing, he said to the man, 'How can you be serious about protecting the sheep when you are introducing this creature among us?'

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.


In Perry 144, a farmer foolishly shuts a lion in his barnyard. In Perry 365, a man is about to enclose a wolf in the sheepfold, when he is warned of his mistake by his dog.

Perry 365: Gibbs (Oxford) 39 [English]
Perry 365: Townsend 158 [English]
Perry 365: Babrius 113 [Greek]
Perry 365: Chambry 317 [Greek]

You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.